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Senate Standing Committee on Industries and Production on Thursday expressed serious annoyance at the management of Utility Stores Corporation (USC), National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for not co-operating in investigating corruption and embezzlement cases.
The government has served tax notices on 0.4 million people during the last three years, Dr Waqar Masood informed Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday. A meeting of the meeting presided over by Senator Saleem Mandivwal was informed that the government had the data of tax defaulters. He said the government gathered details of tax defaulters through withholdings. Dr Waqar Masood said that State Bank of Pakistan regulations with respect to remittances of foreign exchange reserves as far as official remittances are concerned.
Secretary Ministry of Water and Power, Younus Dagha Thursday said that 1,180MW RLNG-fired Bhikki Power Plant will start test production from next month. He stated this during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Water and Power that held here with Arshad Khan Leghari in the chair. Dagha said that the coal power plants will produce power only through the locally produced coal and issues of power consignment will be resolved before summer 2018.
New Delhi announced Thursday it was expelling a Pakistani visa official for suspected spying, with Islamabad responding by saying it would send back an Indian diplomat in an apparent tit-for-tat move. The expulsions come as tensions between neighbours are running high over Kashmir. ISLAMABAD: In an apparently tit for tat response to India's decision to expel a Pakistani diplomatic official, Pakistan on Thursday declared an official of Indian High Commission as persona non grata, asking him to leave Pakistan by Saturday (October 29) along with his family.
Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned Indian action for declaring a staff member of country's high commission in New Delhi as persona non grata and accused the neighbouring country for violating the Vienna Convention by detaining as well as manhandling a diplomatic official.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemning the recent unprovoked cease-fire violations on the Working Boundary and LOC by Indian forces Thursday said that Pakistan's quest for peace must not be misconstrued as a sign of weakness.
The rupee moved both ways against the dollar on the money market on Thursday, dealers said. The rupee was down by five paisas versus the dollar for buying and selling at Rs 104.82 and Rs 104.84 respectively, they said.